2023-2024 / PHIL0004-1

History of Hellenistic and Roman philosophy*


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in ancient and modern languages and literatures5 crédits 
 Bachelor in ancient languages and literatures : classics5 crédits 
 Bachelor in information and communication5 crédits 
 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : German, Dutch and English5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history5 crédits 
 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : musicology5 crédits 
 Bachelor in ancient languages and literatures : Oriental studies (Registrations are closed)5 crédits 
 Bachelor in philosophy5 crédits 
 Bachelor in French and Romance languages and literatures : general5 crédits 


Marc-Antoine Gavray


Simon Fortier

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy, until Neoplatonism.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

This course aims at giving a basic knowledge of both particular concepts and way of thinking in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy. It also takes into account the influence it had on the History of philosophy till nowadays. It goes through the many schools and their main characters, whose major theses are studied by the way of reading texts. The content is the following:

  • Socratics Schools (Megarics, Cyrenaics and Cynics)
  • The Academy
  • The Lyceum and Aristotelism
  • Scepticism
  • Stoicism
  • Epicurianism
  • Middle Platonism and Neoplatonism

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Reference is done to Greek and Latin notions, but no knowledge of ancient languages is required. However it is highly recommended to attend my History of Ancient Philosophy (PHIL0009-1) course (Q1).

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Every session stands of an ex cathedra part and a collective reading of some major texts.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

1st term, 2h/week, Friday 3-5 PM.

Recommended or required readings

Students will be given an access to a collection of texts, documents and bibliography.

Written work / report

Additional information:

Students will send their essay in January.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Students are asked to buy the book Histoire de la philosophie de l'Antiquité, available at the shop of the Presses de l'Université de Liège.


Simon Fortier
Department of Philosophy
Place du 20-Août, 7, bat. A1
4000 Liège

Tel.: +32 (0)4 366 92 00
e-mail: simon.fortier@uliege.be

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

Handbook on History of hellenistic and imperial philosophy
Only the fourth and last part of this handbook concerns this course.